While many students come from all over to participate in the Horne School of Music at Snow, some of these students have a strong passion that goes beyond just performing music. For students involved in the Music Writers Club, passion is written out in compositions of every style and genre.
The Music Writers Club was created last year as a means of bringing student composers together to exchange ideas and help each other out. “When I started here three years ago, I wanted to have a place that music composition majors could get together,” said Dr. Trent Hanna, club advisor. “This provides an outlet for them to share ideas with each other and open their minds.”
While personalities of members vary, musical styles vary as well. “In our latest recital, we had a little bit of everything, from contemporary classical to jazz to pop,” said Hanna. “We participated in Open Mic Night at the Solid Rock Café and one of our members even performed his own rap.”
Club Treasurer Anthony Jensen is seeing his own benefits from being part of the Music Writers Club. “I get to have my own music performed and listened to,” said Jensen. “This can help you improve because you can hear it, and your friends can offer feedback. If I was to write an insanely difficult piece, I could have one of the top notch players perform it, and they could offer feedback as the performer that I might not have thought about while writing it.”
As expected, Music Writers Club is composed of mostly music majors, but it is not necessary to be a music major to participate. “Anyone who is struggling with writer’s block, whether part of the club or not, can come to us, and we will help you through it. We can give you ideas or support or anything else you need,” said Steven Johansen, Vice President of the club.
Music Writers Club meets on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., and anyone is invited to come to club meetings, even just to hear the ideas of others. “Everyone is welcome,” said Jensen. “We’re pretty chill.”